The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but your family budget may beg to differ.
In the midst of all the festivities and gift giving, it’s easy to rack up a hefty holiday tab.
But, with a bit of creativity, you and your family can find things to do that are fun and festive, but won’t cause you to go bankrupt while doing so.
7 Tips For Making the Holidays Fun Without Breaking the Bank:
1. Play in the snow
Head out to your nearest snowy locale and have some good, free fun in the snow. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight and enjoy the fluffy white stuff as a family. You’ll pay for the gas to get there, but the activity itself is free! If you live somewhere snowy already, it’s even cheaper!
2. Go look at Christmas lights
Of course there are those Christmas lights displays where you pay to drive through, but save yourself money and gas by bundling up and taking a walk around a neighborhood that’s filled with lights. It will make for a fun and festive family memory.
3. Have some cocoa
A cup of cocoa with mini marshmallows seems like an ideal way to spend an evening. It’s cozy and feels very much like a holiday activity and it’s inexpensive to boot!
4. Watch a Christmas movie
Who doesn’t love a good Christmas movie? You can often find them online to watch for free or you can watch one on ABC Family (they’re having the 25 days of Christmas movies this month)
Giving is one of the best parts of the holiday season, but it doesn’t have to mean giving money necessarily. If you can give money, that’s great, but what about volunteering at a shelter or a soup kitchen instead? Get creative and make giving a part of your holiday season.
6. DIY your gifts
Put your personal stamp on some of your gifts this year by whipping up some DIY presents. These take a bit more effort, but they will be so appreciated. My husband and I have done this for that past few years and it has definitely made the holiday season a lot more meaningful and special.
7. Give the gift of time
Stuff your stockings with little pieces of paper that have gifts of time written on them. You can write things like, “This is good for a foot massage” or “This is good for one piggy back ride”, “This is good for an ice cream date with Dad”. While these might not all be completely free, you’ll be getting more bang for your buck, because there will be a gift AND quality time. It’s a win/win for all.
How do you save money during the holidays?
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.
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